Transit Design Options by Corridor Segments

The areas of Springfield included in the Main-McVay Transit Study are divided into two corridor segments:

  • Main Street from the Springfield Station in Downtown to the Thurston Station at Main Street and Bob Straub Parkway; and
  • McVay Highway from Franklin Boulevard to Lane Community College.

 

Updated Map: click to enlarge

Updated Map: click to enlarge

 

Options by Corridor Segments

In spring 2016, the Governance Team advanced a range of transportation options for further study on each segment of the corridor. These options are described below, along with an example, also known as renderings, of how each Main Street option could generally look if selected as the locally preferred solution.

Main Street Segment

  • No-Change OptionUpdate – At the July 30, 2019 Governance Team meeting the No-Change option was moved forward for further analysis.

No-Change includes continuing the existing Route #11 bus service with no major changes. No changes to existing service connections, lane placement, routing, end of line, or station locations. No additional transportation safety improvements would be implemented.

No-Change Option

Main Street Mode Choice

  • Enhanced Corridor (EC) OptionUpdate – At the July 30, 2019 Governance Team meeting the Enhanced Corridor option was moved forward for further analysis.

Enhanced Corridor could consist of:

    • transit travel time intersection improvements (a special lane and signals for buses to “jump” ahead of other traffic at intersections with congestion delays or roundabouts)
    • better amenities at ground-level stops (such as sidewalks, trash receptacles, benches, and shelters)
    • stop balancing (the aim is for a stop every 1/3 mile, which provides faster, more reliable service)*; and
    • deploying different sized buses (40 to 60 foot buses to accommodate fluctuations in peak and off-peak ridership).

*Limited stop balancing along the Route #11 could potentially occur with other LTD system-wide  changes as part of Transit Tomorrow implementation in fall 2020. Additional stop balancing analysis will occur after the Main Street Facility Plan is adopted.

For more information about Enhanced Corridor Option, please refer to this document.

  • Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Option, also known as EmXUpdate – At the July 30, 2019 Governance Team meeting the EmX transit mode option was removed for consideration and further analysis.

EmX could have extended the existing EmX service from the Springfield Station in Downtown to the Thurston Station at Main Street and Bob Straub Parkway. Different street configuration options included shared bus and automobile travel lanes as well as transit-only, dedicated transit lanes.

Main Street Transit Alignment

The Main Street 20th Street to Thurston Station portion is considering the following alignment options:

Enhanced Corridor Alignment
Update – At the July 30, 2019 Governance Team meeting Enhanced Corridor was moved forward for further analysis.

The Enhanced Corridor transit solution for Main Street follows the current alignment of the Route #11 Main Street bus as shown below.

Enhanced Corridor Alignment for Route #11

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EmX Route Alignment Options
Update – At the July 30, 2019 Governance Team meeting the EmX transit mode option was removed for consideration and further analysis.

Mixed-Traffic Lane EmX Configurations (east of 21st on Main St): Buses travel in lanes shared with automobiles and trucks.

Two different Mixed-Traffic options are being considered: one with the bus running in the outside lane and one with the bus running in the inside lane. The outside lane is shown below.

Mixed-Traffic Lane Confirguration (east of 21st on Main Street)

Median Transit Lane EmX Configurations (east of 21st on Main St): Buses travel in dedicated, transit-only lanes. Update – At the May 26, 2016 Governance Team meeting this design option was removed from the list of options under consideration.

Median Transit Lane Configuration (east of 21st on Main Street)

The Springfield Station to 21st St portion of the corridor is considering the following alignment options:

Main Street 14th Street Crossover Alignment:
Main Street 14th Street Crossover Alignment_

South A Street Two-Way Alignment: Update – At the June 21, 2016 Governance Team meeting this design option was preferred from the list of options under consideration for EmX alignment.

South A Street Two-Way Alignment_

McVay Highway Segment

  • No-Change Option – Continue existing Route #85 bus service with no major changes. No changes to existing service connections, lane placement, routing, end of line or station locations. No additional transportation safety improvements would be implemented.
  • Enhanced Corridor Option – Could include features to improve reliability, reduce transit travel times, and increase passenger comfort. These features include queue jumps, which are lanes that allow the bus to “jump” ahead of other traffic at intersections. Enhanced Corridors include frequent transit service and stop amenities, such as shelters. Buses generally share lanes with other vehicles. New facilities could be constructed along with Enhanced Corridor investments to make walking, biking, and using mobility devices safer and more convenient.

 

To view previously considered options click here to go into our document archive for the Governance Team.

For additional questions about this project, please contact:
Emma Newman, City of Springfield Project Manager, enewman@springfield-or.gov or 541.726.4585
Tom Schwetz, Lane Transit District Project Manager, tom.schwetz@ltd.org or 541.682.6203